To mark the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—in which Matthew Broderick stars as the title character, a high school student with a knack for playing hooky—Chicago is celebrating with Ferris Fest, a multi-day party inspired by John Hughes's 1986 film.
From May 20-22, the Windy City will transform into a playground for anyone eager to Save Ferris, or at least get in touch with their inner teenaged bon vivant.
There will be special screenings of the film at the John Hughes Theater in nearby Lake Forest, Illinois, with cast members on hand to answer all your burning Ferris questions. There will also be a recreation of the film’s parade sequence, complete with opportunities to “Twist and Shout” just like Ferris and friends did in the film.
While renting a Ferrari Spyder would be the ideal homage to Ferris’s grand day out, the festival will be running a bus tour that lets dedicated fans to walk in the footsteps of Ferris, Sloane, Cameron, and even Principal Rooney. The tour will stop at filming locations all over the city of Chicago, including Cameron’s house, Wrigley Field, Ferris’s high school, the Sears Tower, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Hughes’ aficionados will also appreciate the chance to see some of the iconic spots from The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.
If you missed artists Sarah Keenlyside’s and Joe Clement's detailed re-creation of Ferris Bueller’s room when it premiered at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel, their work will be making an appearance at Ferris Fest, too, along with a massive collection of Ferris Bueller memorabilia.
According to the Chicago Tribune, hotels around the city are helping to mark 30 years of Ferris Bueller, too. The Hotel Lincoln is offering a "Save Ferris" package, which includes tickets to some of the film’s locations, including the Art Institute, the Skydeck at Willis Tower, a pair of tickets to a Cubs game, and, naturally, a copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Blu-ray.
The Palmer House Hilton is offering a “Bueller's Chicago" package, which comes with passes to the Art Institute of Chicago, so guests can recreate Ferris’s, Cameron’s, and Sloane’s contemplative pose, post it to Instagram, and possibly win a prize. The hotel’s restaurant, Lockwood, is also offering a special deal for anyone who makes a dinner reservation under the name Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.
Get tickets to Ferris Fest and check into the hotel deals, now. After all, as Ferris says in the film, life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.